Chairman at International Border Management and Technologies Association; Former Director General, UK Border Force
Tony retired as Director General of the UK Border Force in March 2013, after completing over 40 years’ service in the UK Home Office, serving at all at all levels ranging from Executive Officer to Director General.
Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in 2 different countries – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000 – 2003) and the UK Immigration Service / UK Border Force (2005 – 2007).
Tony (full name Anthony John Smith) was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2013, for his services to the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympics. Upon his retirement, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I have no doubt that all you have achieved will serve as a fitting legacy to your long and distinguished career.” Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Your commitment to our border security has been exemplary and your knowledge and experience have not only been invaluable to Border Force but have been recognised around the world.”
Tony is now a global border management consultant, Managing Director of Fortinus Global Ltd, and chairman of the International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA). He regularly chairs international conferences, seminars and expert panels around the world on various aspects of border control including integrated border management, multiple borders strategies, immigration, customs, automated border controls and identity management at the border. He is a regular commentator on UK national TV radio and news channels on border management, customs, immigration, and border security related issues.
In 2019 Tony was appointed to the expert panel to the UK Parliamentary Commission for Alternative Arrangements for the Irish Border, providing expert advice to the UK government on seamless and invisible border controls and facilitations.